Dairy Private Luxury Hotel, Queenstown
Queenstown , South Island
Tel: 64 3 442 5164
Concierge.com's insider take:
Something between an après-ski lodge and a boutique hotel, this cozy spot is a short, sharp drive uphill from central Queenstown. Named for the 1920s corner store that once occupied the site—and which is now the hotel's small breakfast room—the Dairy has 13 well-appointed rooms spread through two adjoining buildings. All are furnished simply but stylishly, with clean-lined furniture in cream and neutral colors and immaculate white-tiled bathrooms with fluffy towels and robes. A few have tiny balconies. In winter, the hotel draws a crowd of youngish skiers; at the end of the day, they clomp back from the slopes at nearby Coronet Peak, store their skis in the secure back room, and stretch out in the communal fire-warmed lounge to chat and unwind.